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A Gunfight (1971)

Two aging gunfighters in need of money come to an agreement to organize an actual showdown between them and sell tickets for it. The townsfolk is more than interested to see the "show".


Lamont Johnson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Will Tenneray
Johnny Cash ... Abe Cross
Jane Alexander ... Nora Tenneray
Karen Black ... Jenny Simms
Dana Elcar ... Marv Green
Robert J. Wilke ... Marshal Tom Cater
Keith Carradine ... The Young Gunfighter
Eric Douglas ... Bud Tenneray
Paul Lambert ... Ed Fleury
Raf Vallone ... Francisco Alvarez
James D. Cavasos James D. Cavasos ... Newt Hale
Philip L. Mead Philip L. Mead ... Kyle Briggs
George Le Bow George Le Bow ... Dekker
John J. Wallwork John J. Wallwork ... Toby Leach
Neil Davis Neil Davis ... Canbury


Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two famous gunfighters who are getting old and need money. Cross tried his luck at gold prospecting but failed. Tenneray works at the local saloon where he capitalizes on his past fame to "sucker fools into buying drinks". The town expects them to become enemies and kill each other in a gunfight but the two aging gunfighters start liking one another. Desperate for money, Tenneray suggests to Cross to put on a show for the townsfolk and fight in an arena for money. The proceeds from the ticket sales would go to the winner of the gunfight. Both men like the idea of a paid show but hate the possibility of one of them killing the other. Written by nufs68

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It was the first time they sold tickets to a gunfight. Winner takes all. Widow takes the body. See more »


Romance | Western


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Feature film debut of Eric Douglas, son of Kirk Douglas. See more »


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Will Tenneray: A job? Suckerin' fools to buy drinks? 'Cept I wear my pants on the outside I'm no different from Jenny you laid with last night.
Abe Cross: Guess I know what your talkin' about. I worked a job myself before I went out prospectin' this last time.
Will Tenneray: Doin' what?
Abe Cross: Trick shootin'. Medicine show. 'Sides me, they had a midget and a tattooed feller.
Will Tenneray: [snorts] That says it better.
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Alternate Versions

On this film's second US network airing, ABC-TV cut it to fit into a 90-minutes-with-commercials time slot, excising the sub-plot about the businessman who bet on Tenneray only after Cross had assured him that nothing would happen. See more »


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A Gunfight
Composed & Sung by Johnny Cash
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not the best or worst
9 November 2003 | by bigbluesmithSee all my reviews

I think I just enjoy this movie because of the actors. The story isn't the best and if you're looking for great art, go elsewhere. But, if you're a fan of Douglas and Cash and would like to see a few other notables on screen, sit back and enjoy the flick with a few beers.

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Release Date:

4 October 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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